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Quote of the Week: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

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Aung San Suu Kyi, born in 1945 in Rangoon, Burma, is a Theravadin Buddhist woman and Nobel Peace Prize winner (1991). She has been in detention and under house arrest by the military junta that rules Burma (Myanmar) since 1989.

In 1988, after Suu Kyi had returned to Burma to take care of her mother after years of living and studying abroad, she gave a speech to the Burmese people calling for a democratic government. That same year, the National League for Democracy (NLD) was formed, with Suu Kyi as general secretary.

Throughout all her years in detention, she has been a beacon of hope andĀ  dharma practice under the most dire circumstances for the people of Burma and the whole world. Suu Kyi’s courage rings through in her books and speeches, including this excerpt from Freedom From Fear (Penguin, 1996):

It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery, courages rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.

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About Maia

I've been practicing and studying the Buddha way since 1994, and exploring the question "What is engaged Buddhism?" since the late 90s. As former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and editor of its journal, Turning Wheel, I had the honor of meeting and working with many practitioners of engaged dharma, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Joanna Macy, Alan Senauke, and Robert Aitken Roshi. Currently, I write about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, "The Jizo Chronicles," as well as on the theme of personal and collective freedom on my website, "The Liberated Life Project." Through my Five Directions Consulting, I offer support to individuals and organizations who aspire to integrate awareness into their work. I also direct the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at Upaya Zen Center along with Roshi Joan Halifax, where we forge new pathways of everyday engagement and servant leadership.

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  1. Wonderful!

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